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Local Anaheim Music Scene

Anaheim is world famous for Disneyland, which attracts tourists from everywhere. Disneyland is also Orange County's top employer. Anaheim has a growing population due to its low crime rate and business development in the Platinum Triangle district. Universities of Orange County include CSU Fullerton, UC Irvine, Chapman University and University of Redlands Orange County. The history of the Anaheim and Orange County music scene has included the band No Doubt featuring singer Gwen Stefani. The local scene is covered by The Orange County Register and OC Weekly.

Crystal Rome is an upbeat dance/pop artist in Irvine, originally from Chicago. She is a singer/songwriter who has been singing since early childhood. Dedicated in her music is the theme of overcoming fear and pain. Her song "You Don't Even Know" sounds like a powerful dance track that deserves national attention.

Big Bad Wolf * Black Cloud Collective * Chabha * Crystal Rome * Deedub * Dirty Heads * Fact Pattern * Free the Robots * hellogoodbye * I Am Ghost * Joel Piper * K.K. Martin * Kara Kennington * Lauren Bach * Micah Brown * Mary Magdalan * Mike Vitale * Neo Geo * Nobody Gets Killed * Pacific Dub * Pluto Factory * Project 86 * Randy Anderson Group * Rebecca Pidgeon * RX Bandits * Seedless * Speaker Junkies * Stacy Clark * Well Hung Heart *

Anaheim Local Music Scene History

Independent promoter Nederland Concerts helped from relief for music fans during the coronavirus pandemic with social-distance shows at a Drive-In parking lot. The first such live concert blended was called "Drive-In OC" was held at the City National Grove of Anaheim on June 16, 2020. Each show allowed 236 cars. Audio technology was provided by Mixhalo, sending the signal from the mixing board to a smart phone app that connects with car stereosystems through Bluetooth.

Yamaha renewed its agreement with Disneyland in August 2015 to remain the supplier of musical instruments for the world famous theme park. This partnership has now been going on since 2005. Yamaha provides about 400 musical instruments to the park, which includes grand pianos, brass, woodwinds, drums and other instruments. It includes the drums that Mickey Mouse plays for Disneyland's daily parade.

Orange County local artists have been acknowledged each year for over a decade with the OC Music Awards presented by Farmer John. The 2014 awards celebration is set for March 8, 2014 and will be held at City National Grove of Anaheim. Local awards will be given out in 27 different categories. Only bands who reside in Orange County can qualify for awards. Visit the website to learn about the nomination process.

In Febraury 2013 OC Weekly published their top 20 picks for best Orange County albums of all time. The top album was No Doubt's Tragic Kingdom in 1995 followed by Social Distortion's 1990 self-titled album. The Adolescents' 1981 release The Blue Album came in third, then Fumanchu's 1997 album The Action Is Go came in fourth. Rounding out the top five was the 2002 Thrice album Illusion of Safety. Check out the rest of the list in this staff article 2/26/2013 in the OC Weekly.

Creme Tangerine Records is a store that launched in 2011 by owners Jon Staph and Parker Macy. The store is in an aluminum trailer with vintage decor. The store sells vinyl records and vintage record players. It's also a venue for concerts. It's a buy-sell-trade store as well, located at 2930 Bristol St in Costa Mesa. The store was written about in this Adriana Alvarado article 4/7/2011 in the Examiner.

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